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The Best Satire Movies

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List RulesVote for your personal favorite Satire films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of the best satire movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest satires are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

Satirical movies take a familiar story or genre and make fun of it by imitating it. Satire films are a staple of comedy and can also provide powerful social commentary when done well. The best satire movies use this technique subtly and don't hit you over the head with it, but still make their point (although some comedies, like MacGruber, are funny because they are so over-the-top.)

If you are looking for satire examples in movies, you've found a great starting point with this list, as these are the most famous satirical movies of all time, many of which are streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the genre.

Which of these movies belongs at the top of the list? Kung Fu Hustle? Cry-Baby? Or perhaps you're more of a fan of Leprechaun and Pizza Man. Whichever it is, this list answers the questions, "What are the best satire movies?" and "What is the greatest satirical movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular satire movies, such as who directed them, when they were released, and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good satirical movies to enjoy.

And if you're into these, try also taking a look at the Best Comedy Films on Amazon Prime and the Best Comedy Moves on Netflix

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb1

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • Fight Club2
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • The Other Side of the Wind3
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    The Other Side of the Wind

    John Huston, Bob Random

    Released2018

    Directed byOrson Welles

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  • Idiocracy4
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    Idiocracy

    Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews

    Released2006

    Directed byMike Judge

    Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Network5
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    Network

    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway

    Released1976

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Hot Fuzz6
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    Hot Fuzz

    Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman

    Released2007

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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  • WALL-E7
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • Modern Times8
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    Modern Times

    Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard

    Released1936

    Directed byCharlie Chaplin

    Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Major League9
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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

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  • Tyrel10
    54
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    Tyrel

    Jason Mitchell, Christopher Abbott

    Released2018

    Directed bySebastián Silva

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  • Starship Troopers11
    42
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • Sunset Blvd.12
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    Sunset Blvd.

    William Holden, Buster Keaton

    Released1950

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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  • Night of the Living Dead13
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    Night of the Living Dead

    Tony Todd, Bill Moseley

    Released1990

    Directed byTom Savini

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  • From Dusk till Dawn14
    41
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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  • if....15
    34
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    if....

    Malcolm McDowell, Arthur Lowe

    Released1968

    Directed byLindsay Anderson

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  • Kung Fu Hustle16
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    Kung Fu Hustle

    Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Chow

    Kung Fu Hustle is a Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • I'm All Right Jack17
    28
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    I'm All Right Jack

    Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough

    Released1959

    Directed byJohn Boulting, Roy Boulting

    I'm All Right Jack is a 1959 British comedy film directed and produced by John and Roy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bob Roberts18
    26
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    Bob Roberts

    Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Robbins

    Bob Roberts is a 1992 satirical mockumentary film written, directed by and starring Tim... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Isn't It Romantic19
    34
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    Isn't It Romantic

    Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Strauss-Schulson

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  • The Player20
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    The Player

    Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Altman

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  • One, Two, Three21
    23
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    One, Two, Three

    James Cagney, Red Buttons

    Released1961

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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  • Rubber22
    19
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    Rubber

    Haley Ramm, Jack Plotnick

    Released2010

    Directed byQuentin Dupieux

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  • Bulworth23
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    Bulworth

    Halle Berry, Sarah Silverman

    Released1998

    Directed byWarren Beatty

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  • Storytelling24
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    Storytelling

    John Goodman, Paul Giamatti

    Released2001

    Directed byTodd Solondz

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  • Lost in America25
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    Lost in America

    Albert Brooks, Garry Marshall

    Released1985

    Directed byAlbert Brooks

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